North Meadow, spring, Dawn Redwood, 1985
Alternate Title: North Meadow with a Dawn Redwood (Metasequoia glyptostroboides) on the right
Photograph by Corliss Knapp Engle
North Meadow, Arnold Arboretum, Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts, United States
Corliss Knapp Engle (1936-2009) was a longtime friend of the Arnold Arboretum and a dedicated volunteer. She helped organize the slide collection in the library, and served on the Arboretum’s Visiting Committee for Harvard University and the Director’s Advisory Committee. Her photography can also be seen in The Arnold Arboretum Captured in Time: 1982-1987.
The Dawn Redwood (Metasequoia glyptostroboides) is Tree-of-the-Month at Arnold Arboretum for February 2016.
This ancient tree, also known as in Chinese as shui-sha (water fir), was discovered in the Hupeh (Hubei) Province on the border of Szechuan (Sichuan) Province in west central China in the 1940s. The tree had been believed to have become extinct millions of years ago but that was found not to be the case. It has been reintroduced to the rest of China and elsewhere in Asia and introduced to temperate areas of the world, including the United States, Europe, and New Zealand. It has proven to be very hardy, fast growing and suitable for use as an urban planting.
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